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Deadline looms for college scholarships

William Ferchland

Steve Newell / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Yoko Kakimoto researches scholarship possibilities for the fall quarter at the Lake Tahoe Community College Student Services Center on Monday afternoon.

While the deadline to apply for scholarships at Lake Tahoe Community College is May 17, procrastinators at South Tahoe High School have this week to submit their applications for the few scholarships still available.

LTCC scholarship offers come from businesses, memorials, clubs and a foundation. Six are new this year. Last year, 48 LTCC students received a total of $48,000 in scholarship money.

In the college’s student service office, a litany of scholarships line a bulletin board. Tuition money can be for general students or those with specialized interests or backgrounds.

There are scholarships for English as a second language learners, those interested in psychology, a study abroad opportunity, students wanting to learn about physical science and people who want to try their voice box at singing.

Some scholarships contain requirements, such as the scholarship in memory of South Lake Tahoe massage therapist Theresa Reuter for women between the ages of 18 to 30 interested in healing arts. Reuter died last year in an automobile accident.

“There are a lot of opportunities for students to come to college here, and we’d hate tuition costs to be something to keep someone from an education,” said Anne Luerken, director of the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation.

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Christina Proctor, public information officer at the college, stated it costs $780 to take 15 units for three quarters during an academic year.

Some students at the college Monday said they haven’t stepped into the office because they either don’t qualify, find tuition inexpensive or don’t have the time.

“I don’t know too many people who don’t go here because they can’t afford it. I’ll put it that way,” said Ryan Wallace, 21.

Monique Topzand, 27, has applied for financial aid but not scholarships.

“It’s just a matter of going in (the student services office),” she said. “It’s kind of dumb not to.”

Nevada high school students attending colleges and universities in Nevada are eligible for the popular Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by money from tobacco settlements and is an attempt to keep students in the state.

Lori Nelson, South Tahoe High School’s college and career technician, said the deadline for most scholarships has already passed.

But there are several last-minute options. Nelson suggested visiting the Web site http://www.edc-scholarships.org, where students create a profile and, based on their information, can immediately locate eligible scholarships.

On the bottom of the site are other pertinent links.

Nelson also directed students to the high school’s Web site and the link “counselors’ bulletin.”

Most students and parents would like the financial help scholarships offer but Nelson said students have other things on their minds.

“They just get busy with their own life and ignore it,” she said. “It’s not that they mean to but senior year gets extremely busy.”

Programs earlier in the school year help remind and guide students and parents through the scholarship maze, Nelson said.

Guy Lease, president of LTCC, said the college has been working closely with the community to maintain scholarship options for students.

“It means an awful lot to those students to be recognized and offered financial help,” he said. “A lot of people really see the importance of this.”

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

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